Let the travel begin!I have decided that for the states that border Illinois, we will make those day trips. The first state we visited over this past weekend was Indiana. Although, we have visited Indiana on numerous occasions, we chose to visit a few attractions that we have never visited before. So, with the help of Roadside America and Travel Math, I was able to find some pretty neat and inexpensive attractions in Indiana.
Our first planned visit was the Albanese Candy Factory, but before we made it there, I couldn’t help but to stop and admire the many wind turbines on U.S. Highway 41. I know. I know. It sounds crazy, but, I have a deep fascination for them. They are so big and remind me of having toy pinwheels when I was smaller.
But, even better than that…
Did you know that people can make a pretty great living off of working with wind turbines and in wind energy programs?! Yep, a little bit of the Academic Advising side of me.
Albanese Candy Factory
Anywho, we made it to the Albanese Candy Factory in Merrillville, IN as planned by 10:30. Once we arrived, we took a few photos outside, and made our way in. Oh. My. Goodness. The colors, variety, and sweet smells had me so excited! I can’t imagine the adrenaline rush the boys experienced once we walked in.
Before, we grabbed our carts and started candy shopping, we took the self-guided, video tour along the back wall. The windows were opened for visitors to see the actually candy factory portion and all we had to do was press buttons at each screen to learn more about the factory and candy. It was pretty cool. But, I will be honest with you. We skipped through most of the videos because the boys only cared about buying candy; not learning about candy. Go figure!
As much as I would like to share photos with you of inside the outlet, I can’t. They don’t allow video or photography of their factory.
Our second planned attraction was the John Dillinger Museum at the Lake County Court House in Crown Point, IN. I planned for us to visit the museum, see their famous pencil collection, and read about some of the many people who had married there like Michael Jackson’s parents, Muhammed Ali, and a few members of the Mills Brothers. By the way, I still listen to the Mills Brothers on my Crosley.
Well, the plan did not go as planned. We did in fact, tour the museum and shops within the museum on the first floor. But, we never made it past the first floor.What we did see of the museum and court house were pretty, darn awesome, though!
Admission for the John Dillinger museum was completely reasonable; less than $10 for all three of us. There were some amazing artifacts. memorabilia, and interactive exhibits inside. For example, the saxophone case that John Dillinger actually used is preserved there amongst other interesting things. There is also a jail cell that actually opens and closes, a view of the City Morgue, and a spin wheel where you can learn gangster vocabulary.